Date Published: 14-Mar-2011
By Dara Bradley
Galway Gardaí will later today (Tuesday) commence a technical examination of the scene of Saturday’s massive fire in the Riverside Commercial Estate on the Tuam Road – the examination was delayed because the businesses that were ravaged by the blaze were unsafe to enter.
A spokesperson for Galway Garda Station said last evening that nothing was being ruled in or out in relation to the likely cause of the inferno until the results of the technical examination are known on Tuesday evening.
Four businesses – Galway Liquidation Centre, Westlink Car Sales, Black Dragon Kickboxing gym and the Celtic Futon Store – were all gutted in the fire, which took hold shortly after 7pm on Saturday.
These four buildings were totally destroyed by the blaze, which took over eight hours to bring under control, but the fire services managed to contain the damage and saved four other businesses including Cunniffe Electrical, Cases Wine warehouse, Tommy Varden’s Catering Equipment and Cara Office Supplies which all escaped with varying degrees of smoke damage.
It is estimated that millions of Euro worth of damage was caused to stock and structures – 33 cars in Westlink Car Sales worth €500,000 were destroyed by the fire alone.
A large plume of smoke could be seen within a radius of 20 miles on Saturday. It is believed the fire started in either Galway Liquidation Centre or Westlink Car Sales and then spread to adjoining businesses.
A total of 28 fire-fighters and six fire brigades – two from Galway City, and one each from Tuam, Ennis, Athenry and Loughrea – fought the blaze. Two high-raised hydraulic platforms were also used. Several crews in other parts of the county and beyond were put on standby.
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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.